Ho Ho Ho, everyone!
12 Days of Christmas is back this year, bringing more of the same holiday cheer. If you haven't started opening your gifts, now is the perfect time.
Here's the rundown on 12 Days of Christmas:
▪️ The event will run for 12 days (fitting), starting today, Dec 1st, and ending on Dec 12th
▪️ Each day and each present opened will result in a new gift for you—no repeat coupons/gifts
▪️ While the gift-opening event is going, we are also running our 12 Days of Christmas Sale; place your in-stock orders now and most should deliver before the holidays* (if you want to guarantee delivery before the holidays and are purchasing in the latter half of the event, please pick an expedited shipping method)
If you win something good, let the community know! Comment below and share the holiday magic.
As always, the usual reminders:
▪️ It’s a great time to join DKC and take advantage of the minimum $30 discount coupon during our holiday events! (note that coupon codes...
My grandpa was a truck driver for 40 years, and in that time he used two thermoses. I own them both, and the smaller of the two, which was clearly used on hundreds of runs, has a scratched and faded line of text below the label that reads “Thermal Efficiency guaranteed 5 years.” It might as well have said “105 years” because it works as well today as the day he bought it. That thermos is incredibly well designed, well made, and I assume it will work for another 50 years unless something drastic happens to it.
You’ll often hear people say “they don’t make things like they used to” and in my experience, that’s largely true. Products in the past were often made with longevity in mind, and to be honest, it was easier to build them so sturdy back then. Tools weren’t computerized, the parts weren’t as tiny, and the types of metal and plastic they were made from were costly and often machined with a human involved in the process.
I adore technology and surround my desktop space...
We’re very excited to announce our newest partnership with an affiliate partner of ours, Student Beans.
For those unfamiliar with Student Beans, this new partnership will allow us to bring student-specific discounts to the Drop community. We hope that this discount will help make getting back to school more exciting and the school year a little bit easier.
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Do I need an amp? What are these acronyms like DAC, DSP, or DSD? What even are all the components that make up an audio chain? Let’s take a beginner’s look at the core, essential building blocks of a digital audio chain, and lay it plain what each piece does. We can cover the major pieces separately, but I’ll still include a few tips to optimize playback here. Please hit the little bookmark button and feel free to check and share this guide whenever you need a reference!
For people who need a visual and audible explanation, or are worried it would take too long to get a working knowledge of the audio chain, here is my YouTube video on this subject that is just 7 minutes long! I like writing though, so let’s get started with an overview, then break it down into what each piece does and how an upgrade would benefit the final sound quality.
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As we publish more articles in the "Mech Keys How-To" series currently ongoing, navigating the various topics and finding previous articles will only become more difficult. This thread will serve as a table of contents to help add some structure to the whole project.
Feel free to also suggest future topics in this thread, as it will surely be easier to identify gaps and opportunities for further exploration when viewing everything as a whole.
Mechanical vs Membrane
Sizes and Layouts of Mechanical Keyboards
Short Intro Into Split Keyboards (dovenyi)
Staggered and Ortholinear Layouts
Low-Profile vs High-Profile Keyboard Designs
Build Materials and Other Case Design Considerations
Selecting Your First Mechanical Keyboard (The_Manic_Geek)
In Defense of MT3 (StoryBoardTech)
How To Design a GMK Keycap Set (GMK_Andy)
The GMK Color Matching Process (GMK_Andy)
Introduction to Mechanical...
Finding your groove: getting into vinyl with Audio-Technica
I’d like to think that I could’ve been friends with the late Hideo Matsushita, founder of Japanese Hi-Fi powerhouse Audio-Technica. If I could, I’d travel back in time to 1960’s Tokyo, where a young Matsushita curated “vinyl listening sessions” at the Bridgestone Museum of Arts, exposing visitors to the sounds and possibilities of high end audio and the warmth of vinyl records. I imagine sitting with him in a mod coffee shop, listening to the stories of what he witnessed in those sessions, the conversations he had with visitors, and what ultimately motivated him to head back to his small apartment above a ramen restaurant and start an audio company of his own.
In the histories I’ve read regarding AT’s humble beginnings, Matsushita’s motives seem clear. Produce high end audio at affordable prices, bringing audio excellence into spaces and to customers that simply didn’t have access to it before. His first two products, the AT-1 and AT-3 phono cartridges did exactly that, and...
I’ve been going back and forth with Massdrop support regarding a lifetime warranty on a knife purchase I made several years ago. They explained that because they have no more inventory and no longer support the edc community that the warranty can’t be honored and a $20 credit would be issued to my account. I requested more compensation given that the knife was over $90; but they elected to close the ticket and not respond to future inquiries.
I've offered a multitude of options for resolution including covering the cost of repair at a local knife shop, a refund, or more in store credit but they opted to not comment and stop responding.
Maybe I expected too much, but I’m disgusted by their handling of the request and how little they care about their customers. A major reason I purchased the product originally was for the lifetime warranty and it's sickening to now have an expensive paper weight. I won’t be shopping there in the future and can’t suggest anyone else to either.
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